Reviews: Books and Magazines


Charlie and His Amazing Tales

Charlie and his amazing tales

Charlie and His Amazing Tales is that special kind of quirky humour in a book that appeals to thinking kids. It’s the sort of story that doesn’t dull, and retains it’s interest through multiple readings (always a good quality in a children’s book!). Read the full review »

Bright Ideas for Young Minds


Bright ideas for Young Minds is an activity book packed full of 70 step-by-step activities you can do at home with your children for little or no money. It really is a treasure trove of activities designed to engage, entertain and stimulate even the busiest young minds. Read the full review »

Impossible Inventions – Ideas that shouldn’t work


Impossible Inventions is a funky and fascinating collection of ideas, plans and patents from the amazing to the downright absurd! Read the full review »

Grace and Katie by Susanne Merritt


Twins Grace and Katie have only one thing in common; they love to draw! But Grace likes her drawings to be neat and orderly, while Katie loves hers to be bright and bold. Read the full review »

Reena’s Rainbow by Dee White and Tracie Grimwood

reenas rainbow

Reena’s Rainbow is a charmingly illustrated book about a little girl and a dog. Reena is deaf and the dog is homeless. Read the full review »

The New Zealand Art Activity Book by Helen Lloyd


The New Zealand Art Activity Book is a book packed with activities to encourage children to see, think and draw like artists. This wonderful book is full of engaging and inspiring ideas that will keep your children, and maybe even yourself, busy for hours. Read the full review »

Wolfy by Gregoire Solotareff

Wolfy - by Gregoire Solotareff

Once upon a time there was a rabbit who had never seen a wolf, and a young wolf who had never seen a rabbit. Read the full review »

Paddy O’Melon – The Irish kangaroo

Paddy O'Melon

Paddy O’Melon is the story of Paddy, a young joey seperated from his mother and found and raised by an Irish family. A family who live in the rainforest and help orphaned or injured animals.  Read the full review »

Keeping Your Children Safe Online


Keeping Your Children Safe Online: A guide for New Zealand parents is written by John Parsons. Parsons is a cyber-safety expert, and is one of New Zealand’s leading authorities on keeping kids safe online. He’s taught cyber-safety workshops around the country, worked with the New Zealand police and government agencies, and developed some cutting-edge resources for teaching about internet health and safety. Read the full review »

Little Truff and the Whales – Ann Russell


Little Truff senses something is wrong. At sea, in a boat with her family, she tugs her master to the stern.

A whale’s out there. It hasn’t moved, I think it’s tangled in a net and trying to get free.

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